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L.A. Cleantech Corridor and Green District Competition Winners

L.A. Cleantech Corridor and Green District Competition Winners

  • Professional/First Place—Umbrella



    Constantin Boincean, Ralph Bertram, and Aleksandra Danielak

    A reimagining of the city's infrastructure, Umbrella would employ a point-based renewal strategy to gradually, rather than instantly, green the city grid and create a more attractive public space. Solar evaporators in the form of mushroom-like structures interspersed around the district would collect and purify the waste water from the surrounding blocks and redistribute the cleaned water locally through the process of evaporation and condensation, cultivating a network of lush landscapes. The concept could be applied on both large and small scales, depending on the desired impact radius.

  • Professional/Second Place—Greenoplasty




    The design team's intent was to create a cleantech corridor with a distinct local character that will attract residents and new green companies that prioritize high standards of living for their employees over the bottom line. By establishing a local rail line, compressing the 4-mile-long site, and rezoning certain areas to give pedestrians precedence, the plan negates much of the need for cars within the corridor.

  • Professional/Third Place—Reuse and Remediation



    Buro Happold, Mia Lehrer & Associates, Elizabeth Timme, and Jim Suhr

    This scheme builds on the corridor's existing infrastructure with a program of reuse and remediation that reprograms industrial buildings into usable real estate and by creating a landscape of crop plantings of bamboo, hemp, and poplar that are both environmentally regenerative and harvestable commodities for manufacturing.

  • Student/First Place—MessyTECH



    Randall Winston, Jennifer Jones, and Renee Pean

    Drawing on the idea that error can lead to progress, MessyTECH harnesses the inherent imperfections of the existing layers of city grid and infrastructure and the creative solutions that have been devised to overcome its inefficiencies. A new light rail system would link newly designated districts and public amenities, which would include a new MessyTECH Innovation Hub intended for use as commercial, laboratory, and commercial spaces, as well as a community workspace.

  • Student/Second Place—New Integrated Creative Industry



    Ji Hoon Kim

    A four-layered design system integrating converse production, transverse conveyance, micro conveyance, and non-production activities, this plan enables a system of social activities and relationships between the creative industry areas and the city's other industrial parts. Residences and small exhibition spaces are integrated with distribution areas, and communal spaces are created between production lines, fostering social interaction among residents, visitors, workers, designers, and artists.

  • Student/Third Place—LocAvore Agritech



    Ryan Lovette and Jesse Keenan

    This concept would implement a series of agritech businesses within the corridor's existing industrial areas, revolutionizing food production and consumption through applied technology and economic development, according to the team. An urban agricultural network and fish farming system would form the basis of a local food production system, delivered by a network of mixed-use trucks to distribution points within the community.

Six thought-provoking, visionary concepts for the revitalization of Los Angeles' arts and industrial district were announced as the winners of the Los Angeles Cleantech Corridor and Green District Competition on Oct. 9 during an awards gala at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc).

The winning schemes—created by professional teams of architects, engineers, landscape architects, urban planners, and students—envision a sustainable future for the 2,000-acre Cleantech Corridor and Green District integrating economic, clean energy, residential, and cultural drivers to establish a prosperous and flourishing downtown center. Four additional ideas were recognized as honorable mentions. More than $11,000 in prize money was distributed among the winners.

Professional category winners are:

First Place($5,000)—Umbrella by Constantin Boincean, Ralph Bertram, and Aleksandra Danielak, Oslo, Norway.

Second Place—Greenoplasty by LABTOP Thomas Sériés, Vincent Saura, Vuki Backonja, Amanda Li Chang, Eduardo Manilla, and Benjamin Sériés, Paris, France.

Third Place—Reuse and Remediation by Buro Happold, Mia Lehrer & Associates, Elizabeth Timme, and Jim Suhr, Los Angeles.

Honorable Mentions: Escher GuneWardena Architecture, Los Angeles; Zoltan Neville, Los Angeles; and ZAGO Architecture, Los Angeles.


Student category winners are:

First Place($2,000)—MessyTECH by Randall Winston, Jennifer Jones, and Renee Pean, University of Virginia School of Architecture.

Second Place—New Integrated Creative Industry by Ji Hoon Kim, Bartlett School of Architecture, University College, London.

Third Place—LocAvore Agritech by Ryan Lovette and Jesse Keenan, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University.

Honorable Mention: Lydia Lee Kemppainen, Interior Design Program, UCLA Extension.

The open ideas competition was co-sponsored by SCI-Arc's Future Initiatives program and The Architects' Newspaper and was presented by a partnership between the Office of the Mayor of Los Angeles and the city's Community Redevelopment Agency, which established the Cleantech Corridor in 2008. An exhibition of the winning designs is on display in SCI-Arc's Library Gallery through Oct. 27.

View the playlist to learn more about each winning concept.